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Seeding Eastern Africa’s maize revolution in the post-structural adjustment era : a review and comparative analysis of the formal maize seed sector

Author: Erenstein, O.
Author: Kassie, G.
Year: 2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10883/19160
Descriptors: Maize
Descriptors: Sowing
Descriptors: Crop improvement
Abstract: Improved maize seed is instrumental to deliver an Asian-style ‘green revolution’ for Africa. The paper reviews and makes a comparative analysis of the maize (corn) seed sector and its evolution in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia drawing from seed sector surveys and secondary data. Enhancing farmers’ access to and use of new maize varieties still presents a number of challenges in eastern Africa – not least due to a number of policy and institutional impediments to the development of the seed sector. The regional seed sectors also show some remarkable contrasts: they have evolved at different speeds and in different directions, driven by diverging agricultural growth opportunities and varying degrees of regulation, liberalization and restructuring. The paper reiterates calls for an enabling environment for private seed companies to evolve in order to serve the diverse farmer communities so that they benefit from existing and future improved maize seed opportunities.
Abstract: Improved maize seed is instrumental to deliver an Asian-style ‘green revolution’ for Africa. The paper reviews and makes a comparative analysis of the maize (corn) seed sector and its evolution in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia drawing from seed sector surveys and secondary data. Enhancing farmers’ access to and use of new maize varieties still presents a number of challenges in eastern Africa – not least due to a number of policy and institutional impediments to the development of the seed sector. The regional seed sectors also show some remarkable contrasts: they have evolved at different speeds and in different directions, driven by diverging agricultural growth opportunities and varying degrees of regulation, liberalization and restructuring. The paper reiterates calls for an enabling environment for private seed companies to evolve in order to serve the diverse farmer communities so that they benefit from existing and future improved maize seed opportunities.
Language: English
Publisher: Wageningen Academic Publishers
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Type: Article
Place: The Netherlands
Pages: 34-52
Journal issue: 1
Journal: International Food and Agribusiness Management Review
Journal volume: 21
DOI: 10.22434/IFAMR2016.0086
Keywords: Seed Supply
Keywords: Seed Business
Keywords: Corn
Keywords: Improved Varieties
Keywords: Structural Adjustment
Audicence: Researchers
Country of Focus: KENYA
Country of Focus: TANZANIA
Country of Focus: UGANDA
Country of Focus: ETHIOPIA
Agrovoc: SEED
Agrovoc: SUPPLY
Agrovoc: MAIZE
Agrovoc: STRUCTURAL CHANGE


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